Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan on Tuesday reiterated his support for a permanent extension of the state’s property tax cap, saying such a move would benefit the entire state.

Flanagan appeared at a news conference held by a coalition of business groups and the fiscal watchdog the Empire Center, which released a report and website showing the regional and statewide savings from limiting local levy increases at 2 percent or the rate of inflation (Overall since the cap has been in place, the Empire Center says $7.6 million billion has been saved).

“The more we can do to keep property taxes down, the better off we are as an economy and a state,” Flanagan said.

The Senate included a permanent cap in its one-house budget resolution and Flanagan over the weekend introduced a stand-alone bill that doesn’t make any changes to the measure.

“We’re going to pass that legislation again,” he said. “We want to set the tone and tenor and content of the debate.”

The cap does not necessarily have its fans on the local government and school district level, however, and some there have pushed for changes to the cap, which is linked to rent control regulations for New York City and the surrounding area, due to expire next month.

School districts vote on their budgets today.

First approved in 2011, the cap doesn’t expire until 2016, but is considered a key component in keeping rent control in place.

The cap also remains a signature economic achievement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s first term and he has also called for the cap to be approved on a permanent basis.

“Under Gov. Cuomo’s tenure working with the Legislature we have lived within in essence a property tax cap even though we don’t have one at the state level,” Flanagan said. “I think that’s very important because we are not asking people to do things that we are not doing as a state.”

Updated: Cuomo weighed in on the tax cap report as well in a statement.

“The tax cap has successfully broken the cycle of skyrocketing property tax increases, providing real relief to property taxpayers across the state and reversing New York’s perception as the high tax capital of the world,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This report illustrates what we’ve seen for ourselves over the last four years and proves that the cap should not only be kept in place, but also made permanent.”